ImageNation Partners With Power 105.1 For Their Film And Music Festival 2017

June 13, 2017

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is excited to announce their new partnerships with Power 105.1 FM and Urban Movie Channel for their 15th annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival: Six Nights of Soul Cinema and Music Under the Stars. The summer long festival offers free film screenings and live music performances in New York City Parks, providing a platform for films by and about people of color. The 2017 ImageNation Outdoors lineup will include Academy Award’s Best Picture winner Moonlight along with box office hit Get Out, Academy Award nominated films I Am Not Your Negro, The 13th, as well as Queen of Katwe with chess lessons for children and Sundance Film Festival Selection The Fits. Festival event dates will begin June 16th and will run through September 9th.

Returning partners include the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Home Box Office, Harlem Week, and the National Black Programming Consortium. Launched in 2002 with a single screening for 300 people, ImageNation Outdoors has grown to draw nearly 10,000 attendees each summer. A founding partner of Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, ImageNation hosts the only summer long festival dedicated to films and music about the Black global experience.

“We are excited to kick off our 2017 season,” says ImageNation founder Moikgantsi Kgama. “Not only is it our 15th anniversary, but we have the honor to of screening academy award nominated works by filmmakers we have worked closely with over the years. And, we have added a health advocacy piece that we are extremely proud of!”

This year, ImageNation Outdoors will highlight health disparities within Black and Brown communities. We will show the short film “90Days”, which addresses HIV/AIDS awareness and provide testing for HIV, diabetes, and high blood pressure. ImageNation will collaborate with health service agencies to provide screenings and educational materials.

2017 also marks 20 years since Moikgantsi Kgama founded ImageNation to provide support for independent Black filmmakers. In addition to the ImageNation Outdoors festival, ImageNation also curates events and film showings at their Harlem based Raw Space venue and hosts The Revolution Awards, an awards show that honors Black filmmakers, artists and activists for their contributions and accomplishments.

Highlights over the years have included the world’s longest Soul Train line, the 100th Anniversary of South Africa’s African National Congress in Central Park, talk backs with heralded talent such as Jesse Williams and live performances by Talib Kweli, Goapele, Les Nubians, and more.

This year’s festival will also feature collaborations with Harlem Week, Harlem Parks, Sundae Sermon and InJoy Enterprises. Each screening will feature DJs and live music performances beginning at 6PM followed by a film screening at sundown. All shows are free and open to the public.

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All programs are free and open to the public
Music Performances begin at 6:00PM and Films at 8:00PM or sundown.

Friday, June 16th
Directed By: Barry Jenkins, 111 min., USA
Preceded by the short film 90 Days, 19 min., USA
Music By: House Music by DJ M. Forde
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027
In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks, Harlem Pride, Slay TV and Harlem2020.
Winner of Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards, Moonlight is an extraordinary drama explores three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young Black man growing up in an impoverished neighborhood in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight stars Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Naomi Harris, Andre Holland and others.

Monday, July 10th
Directed By: Jordan Peele, 103 min., USA
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027
Music By: DJ Brittofied, Live Music by V Ferg presents Creative Public Offering
In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks
In Get Out, a speculative thriller from the mind of Jordan Peele, a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, and becomes ensnared in the more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Saturday, August 12th – Soul Train Tribute
THE 13th
Directed by Ava DuVernay, 100 min., USA
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027
Music By: DJ Stormin Norman with live performances curated by InJoy Enterprises
In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks, InJoy Enterprises, Sundae Sermon
The Soul Train Tribute, arguably the hottest Jam in the park for six consecutive years, celebrates the soundtrack of American social movements with a tribute to Freedom Songs from the Soul Train Era! This year’s film The 13th, a 2017 Academy Award nominated documentary takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. With Music spun by DJ Stormin’ Norman of Sundae Sermon, this tribute will feature music from Soul Train artists: James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others interpreted by an all-star cast of independent artists including: Abiah, Asa Lovechild, Bruce “Big Daddy” Wayne, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Petawayne, Lorinda Robinson, Shelly Nicole and more!

Saturday, August 19th- Harlem Week: I Am Not Your Negro
Directed By: Raoul Peck, 93 min., USA
St. Nicholas Park Great Lawn
135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
Music By: Live DJ
Nominated for a 2017 Academy Award, the seed for I Am Not Your Negro was planted more than 35 years ago. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Through I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

Saturday, August 26th- Harlem Week
Directed By: Mira Nair, 124 min., Uganda/South Africa/USA
St. Nicholas Park Great Lawn
135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
Music By: Live DJ + Chess Activities for Kids by the St. Nicholas Chess Club
In Partnership With: Harlem Week
Starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and Madina Nalwanga, Queen of Katwe depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe who learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads.

Saturday, September 9th- Black Girl Magic
Directed By: Anna Rose Holmer, 72min, USA
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
180 Mt. Morris Park West, NYC, 10027
Music By: DJ Natasha Diggs, Live Music By InJoy Enterprise
In Partnership With: Historic Harlem Parks, InJoy Enterprises
A dreamy exploration of girlhood, The Fits follows an 11-year-old tomboy as she tries to fit in with her peers after joining an all-girl dance team. With live performances curated by Injoy Enterprises, this ode to Black women will feature one of NYC’s hottest female DJ’s, the Uptown Dance Academy, live music by an all female band led by drummer extraordinaire Camille Gainer Jones with performances from independent artists Abby Dobson, Claudia Hayden, Toni Ann Semple, Vivian Sessoms and more!

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Photo credit: From the movie Get Out.

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